YTD recordings listened to: 999
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 620
Not good music: 308
Honorable Mentions: 15
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi, Hush Point, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Paul Giallorenzo’s Git Go
@@@ Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo: Force Majeure (Delmark, 2014). I’m a big fan of this Chicago pianist and if you’re up for a more energetic workout these guys will oblige. This is a really strong record with sharp energy, pretty without making your teeth hurt. It features the vastly underrated reeds player Mars Williams and other Chicago local heavyweights. To my ears Giallorenzo’s compositions are influenced by Monk without mindless recycling. I think this record should have made a bunch of year end lists instead of the sleepy time tea corporate jazz that dominates and slowly strangles jazz.
@@@ Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol. 3 (Okeh, 2014). This live jazz record was the #1 jazz record in Slate’s Best Jazz of 2014. Medium high swinging with plenty of space for soloing. The electric bass lends a fusion-y vibe to the proceedings and the emphasis here is on pretty. I appreciate aspects of the record and find parts of it too snoozy for my taste.
@@@ Kenny Barron & Dave Holland (Impulse!, 2014). I’m a big fan of Dave Holland’s bass playing but get out the flavored coffee and the thick sweater because this is an unabashed snoozer. Piano and bass duets with too much sugar. This was another monster shot from the Slate best jazz biscuits of 2014.